327426897_126648The Mayor of Accra, Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije has indicated his readiness to carry out the intended demolition of Akokorfoto-Dansoman in the Greater Accra Region, using legitimate means.

According to the Mayor, the Assembly and for that matter, he, was served with a Mandamus to carry out the order and as things stands, he will not sit down to be held for Contempt of the Court, hence his action to carry out the demolition.

Information received from the Mayor’s office is that the intended demolition which sparked some controversies, will soon be executed per the Court Order.

However, earlier yesterday, July 16, 2014, the Mayor had issued a press release explaining the circumstances surrounding the said intended demolition after some chiefs and people of Sempe were alleged to have issued a warning to him not to carry out the Court order.

In that press release, the Mayor said, Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.M.A) would be ready to implement any statutory obligation brought to its attention by any Court of competent jurisdiction in order to maintain law and order in the City of Accra.

Dr Okoe Vanderpuije also pointed out that the Assembly would carry out any of such statutory obligations which will bring sanity to the Metropolis without fear or favor of any individual or organization.

His comments came at the heels of some publications carried out ?in both THE GHANAIAN OBSERVER and DAILY SEARCHLIGHT on Monday 14th July 2014, under the captions: “Sempe Chiefs Chase Vanderpuije’ and “Sempe Elders warn A.M.A Boss Over Demolition’.

According to the stories published, Elders of the Sempe Stool in the Greater Accra Region have cautioned the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Gbawe Kwartei family over the intended demolition of properties within Akokorfoto enclave of Dansoman, a suburb of Accra.

However, in a press release signed and issued by the Mayor of Accra, Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, he strongly stated that the captions of the said publications were misleading since the contents are conflicting and would like to set the records straight that a Mandamus order was served on the A.M.A to carry out that demolition.

“In support of the publications, the authors stated that Akokorfoto lands have been a subject of protracted litigation between Gbawe Kwartei family and other entities,” the Mayor stated.

The two articles, he said, alleged that while the litigations were ongoing, the Gbawe Kwatei family succeeded in obtaining an order of mandamus from the Accra High Court which was served on the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to undertake the demolishing and removal exercise.

In effect, the Mayor pointed out that, “Granted that these were the facts of the case, then I am afraid the captions of the two articles were misleading,” and advised the media houses to retract the stories with immediate effect and render an apology the A.M.A.

Setting the record straight, Dr Vanderpuije indicated that Mandamus is an order of a High Court which compels an individual or institution to perform a statutory duty as required of him and that failure to act in accordance with the order would constitute contempt of that Court.

“This explains why Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.MA) was under obligation to enforce the said Court Order by inviting the police to provide security to the demolition team, which exercise is yet to be carried out,” the Mayor said.

He reiterated that the Assembly has a statutory obligation to maintain law and order around the built city and the Assembly would do so without fear or favor of any individual or organization in the interest of the State and the people of Ghana.

The Mayor also advised the general public that while executing the agenda of the Assembly as mandated by Law, any individual or group of individuals who do anything to obstruct the performance of those statutory duties would be dealt with according to Law.

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